[Federal Register: March 12, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 48)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
from Lyon County, NV, in the Possession of the Physical Anthropology
Laboratory of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV

AGENCY: National Park Service

ACTION: Notice

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C.
3003 (d), of the completion of an inventory of human remains in the
possession of the Physical Anthropology Laboratory of the University of
Nevada-Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by UNLV
Physical Anthropology Laboratory's professional staff in consultation
with representatives of the Yerington Paiute Tribe.
    In 1981, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from Smith Valley, Lyon County, NV, and turned over to Washoe County
Coroner Vernon O. McCarty. This individual was subsequently donated to
the UNLV Physical Anthropology Laboratory. No known individual was
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Morphological evidence indicates this individual is Native American
based on extreme wear of dental enamel. Consultation evidence presented
by representatives of the Yerington Paiute Tribe indicates there are
two historic cemeteries dating from the early 1900s in Smith Valley.
Oral history evidence presented by representatives of the Yerington
Paiute Tribe further state that the Smith Valley area was occupied by
the Paiute in precontact times. Historic and ethnographic evidence
indicates the Yerington Paiute Tribe has occupied the Smith Valley area
in historic times, and no non-Paiute precontact cultures have been
identified within the Smith Valley area.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the
University of Nevada-Las Vegas Physical Anthropology Laboratory have
determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains
listed above represent the physical remains of one individual of Native
American ancestry. Officials of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Physical Anthropology Laboratory have determined that, pursuant to 25
U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a relationship of shared group identity which
can be reasonably traced between these Native American human remains
and the Yerington Paiute Tribe.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Yerington Paiute
Tribe. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself
to be culturally affiliated with these human remains and associated
funerary objects should contact Vicki Cassman, Department of
Anthropology and Ethnic Studies, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, 4505
Maryland Parkway, Box 455012, Las Vegas, NV 89154-5012; telephone:
(702) 895-3590, fax (702) 895-4357, before April 11, 1997. Repatriation
of the human remains to the Yerington Paiute Tribe may begin after that
date if no additional claimants come forward.

Dated: March 5, 1997.
Veletta Canouts,
Acting Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Deputy Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 97-6180 Filed 3-11-97; 8:45 am]
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